Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Good Ship Lollipop
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I was wondering how you were doing, I'm really pulling for you not to have pre-eclampsia.
Do you know all the natural things you can do at home to stimulate labor? I'll bet there is a thread about them here. The obvious ones are sex (both orgasm and the hormones in semen are supposed to start contractions) nipple stimulation, eating spicy foods, and walking around. Some people also take laxatives like castor oil, but I think that would be gross and possibly bad for you if you do have pre-eclampsia.
There are also some herbs you can take internally or use in massage oils. I know less about the herbs--what I mean is, I have a lot of information about herbs but I don't know how to judge what is reliable, and herbs can be very strong. The ones I know are safe are red raspberry leaf and nettles, but I don't know if they actually stimulate contractions--they are mainly good nutritional supplements with lots of nice minerals that we need in pregnancy. (Kind of like the beet juice!)
I also have a friend who is a shiatsu practitioner who induces labor for people using accupressure.
But it seems easiest to have a spicy meal and then sit around stimulating your nipples while you read a book or watch TV. And then go for a walk around the block a few times! God willing you will have your baby soon without any more complications. That's what I am hoping and sending vibes for across the ocean!
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.